With an extensive musical heritage from her family, Dallas-born Austin musician, Joanna Ramirez, carries on the tradition as a vocalist and songwriter. Joanna’s family musical influences originate in blues and traditional Mexican music, and she was highly influenced by soul and R&B music, listening to Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons, Prince, and many other artists of the genre in the 70s and 80s. Current influences are artists in the contemporary R&B, neo-soul and hip hop worlds, such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots, Maxwell and Sade, to name a few.
Her second solo album release, On My Way, could best be described as a soulful, heavy groove-laden, spiritual journey. Her vocals are soulful and powerful. You can hear her passion for her music and her connection to it with each song on the album. “I see life through a spiritual lens,” shares Joanna. “On this album, I wanted to share my truth and be authentic, but I never want to come off as preachy.” The lead off single and title song of the album, “On My Way,” is a wonderfully catchy song that stands as a remark on Joanna’s return to making music. It chronicles her musical career and makes clear to not count her out because she’s coming back to music better than ever.
“I think a lot of people could relate this song to their situation – of wanting to give up on something but knowing that they can’t ignore a voice inside telling them to keep going and to not give up on themselves.”
On My Way carries many different sounds with the 11 songs and you can hear the many influences she has. “Happy” was influenced Childish Gambino’s “Baby Boy” when she heard it in the car one day. “Muse (Stay With Me)” has a gospel sound with the use of the chorus. “Sundays” is a bluesy folk song featuring the harmonica and slower tempo that has a clear likeness to Brandi Carlisle. She blends the boundary of genre in On My Way. It’s beautifully written and delicately crafted.
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